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With six vitrines full of her clever — and breathtaking — jewelry, Victoire de Castellane paid homage to lazy girls this season with a new Dior fine jewelry collection called “[In] Praise of Idleness.” Live models poked their glittering hands through a gauze backdrop at the Avenue Montaigne HQ, one filing her nails and another working a puzzle, while the smart cookie of the crowd penned a thank-you note to her fiancé.

De Castellane’s spectacular, one-of-a-kind pieces included a jellyfish brooch centered around a glowing fire opal, a ring depicting Cinderella’s ruby-studded slipper on a plump cushion of gold as well as chunky skull rings in turquoise or in coral. Adding to the firm’s successful Oui collection, de Castellane did a version in delicate chain link, while her impressive, all-precious collection boasted several knockout, high-carat cocktail rings centered around major rubies and sapphires.

One of the best pieces of all, however, was an opulent necklace in a mix of diamonds and multicolored sapphires, all in different cuts and settings and with a diamanté skull dangling from its clasp. “The idea was rock ‘n’ roll high jewelry,” de Castellane said. “I want it to be easy to wear, even if it’s big.” Easy never looked so good. As the 17th-century woman of letters Madame de Sévigné once had carved into a tree at her country estate, Les Rochers: “Bella cosa far niente.” It’s beautiful to do nothing.

This story first appeared in the March 7, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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